Here is my final principle for sharing with the Mormons at our door.
5. Be Dependent on the Holy Spirit
Colossians 4:2-3 “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; 3 praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned…” The Apostle Paul was in prison as he wrote to the Colossian Church. He challenged the church and us to pray for opportunities and the right words in sharing. Most of the time in situations with non-Christians this is my prayer. The Apostle Paul was no different; as brilliant as he was he was asking for God for wisdom and opportunities to share.
In Acts we see a clear example of the work of the Holy Spirit. Luke writes about a woman who listened and responded to a Gospel message by Paul. Acts 16:14-15 “A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.’ And she prevailed upon us.”
Who opened her heart to the message? The LORD! This is why when we share we are dependent on the work of the Holy Spirit. Our solid arguments go nowhere without God opening their hearts. However, God loves to use good arguments to bring people to Christ. Our challenge is to be prepared to share and then be dependent solely on the work of the Holy Spirit.
Here are four things you can pray when thinking about Mormons or anyone who needs Jesus.
- For God to give you opportunities
- The right words when sharing
- God to move in their hearts and minds
- For the person to commit his or her life to Jesus
While I am sharing with Mormons I am in prayer before, during, and afterwards for the power of the Holy Spirit to work in their hearts. The majority of the time I see the wall of unbelief blocking my words. In spite of their resistance to the Gospel, I still rejoice at the opportunity to share the truth. I continually remind myself I share and God saves.